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I have to add to a retaining wall and some of the cuts will be at various angles... some look to be around 30 degrees and others are different.

Any tips on how to measure/mark the proper angle and'

Will this saw cut the angled pieces in one pass, or do I need a slider?
https://www.lowes.com/pd/DEWALT-12-i...er-Saw/1007355

I have 10 inch saw that I know will not do the job.
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Unless you need a finish edge, use a chain saw?
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I need a finished edge.
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If it has a 12" blade, and you have to cut 6" timber, it will not cut all the way through, half a blade diameter, plus some sort of nut and washer in the center will not get you 6", get an adjustable gauge to get angles, do it all the time, it's kind of like a square, but adjustable.
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I know that saw will cut 5 1/4 base against the fence but will not cut 5 1/2" 6x6 because of depth.
The dewalt 12" sliding compound miter saw will do it.
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Why is this in the specs?

Depth of Cut at 90 Degrees (Inches) 6.75

Depth of Cut at 45 Degrees (Inches) 6.75
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Originally Posted by noelm View Post
If it has a 12" blade, and you have to cut 6" timber, it will not cut all the way through, half a blade diameter, plus some sort of nut and washer in the center will not get you 6", get an adjustable gauge to get angles, do it all the time, it's kind of like a square, but adjustable.
Like this?

https://www.lowes.com/pd/General-Too...Bevel/50175571

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Because it's correct. The depth of cut stays the same. You still need a bigger saw.
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Originally Posted by mattttt25 View Post
Because it's correct. The depth of cut stays the same. You still need a bigger saw.
I don't understand.
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If you are cutting at an angle the cut line gets longer and longer..... Chain Saw....
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How many cuts are we talking about?

If not many I would suggest a good quality handsaw
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Originally Posted by Absolute View Post
If you are cutting at an angle the cut line gets longer and longer..... Chain Saw....
I'm not using a chain saw... there has to be a better way.
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Originally Posted by HeadHunt View Post
Why is this in the specs?

Depth of Cut at 90 Degrees (Inches) 6.75

Depth of Cut at 45 Degrees (Inches) 6.75
Depth of cut is at the fence/backstop where the wood rests against

Ugly freehand. Blue portion will be left uncut. If it isn't a lot of cuts to be made, you can likely finish the cuts with a hand saw as long as you have a way to support the wood without it snapping. Or flip the wood and reverse the angle of the saw.




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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post
Depth of cut is at the fence/backstop where the wood rests against

Ugly freehand. Blue portion will be left uncut. If it isn't a lot of cuts to be made, you can likely finish the cuts with a hand saw as long as you have a way to support the wood without it snapping. Or flip the wood and reverse the angle of the saw.


That makes sense. Would a slider get to the blue section?
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Though a 10” saw won’t cut all the way through, assuming the 6x6 will fit under the blade, just cut it 3/4 of the way through, flip the stock over, turn the saw to the opposite angle, and finish the cut.
The beam saw is a beast, great saw but not recommended for Harry Homeowner.

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I rented that monster last time. It's a beast.

I'm hoping to find a saw that will do the job and be more user friendly.
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Should....but I defer to more skilled wood workers. My abilities are limited to really rough woodwork around the farm.
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Originally Posted by outathehouse View Post
Though a 10” saw won’t cut all the way through, assuming the 6x6 will fit under the blade, just cut it 3/4 of the way through, flip the stock over, turn the saw to the opposite angle, and finish the cut.
I was thinking about doing just that since I have a 10" already. Maybe I need to go make some practice cuts.
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Originally Posted by HeadHunt View Post
I have to add to a retaining wall and some of the cuts will be at various angles... some look to be around 30 degrees and others are different.

Any tips on how to measure/mark the proper angle and'

Will this saw cut the angled pieces in one pass, or do I need a slider?
https://www.lowes.com/pd/DEWALT-12-i...er-Saw/1007355

I have 10 inch saw that I know will not do the job.
I use a digital angle finder to measure/mark the angle. Such as this. Think harbor freight has a cheaper one.
https://www.grainger.com/search?sear...l+angle+finder

If I'm putting that kind of $ down, I'd rather get a SCMS that would be more versatile all around. I have a 12" Hitachi (renamed Metabo HPT) that has been solid. I've used it to cut 6x6 posts for a deck.
https://www.lowes.com/pd/Metabo-HPT-...Saw/1000883818

As others have said, the 12" non-slider will not work. You should still have a quality hand-saw on hand.

An 8 1/4" circular saw will work also. Just need to make 2 cuts.

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